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Meaning of "hero" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HERO

From Latin hērōs, from Greek.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HERO

hero  [ˈhɪərəʊ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HERO

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Hero is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES HERO MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Hero

A hero or heroine refers to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity. This definition originally referred to martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence. Stories of heroism may serve as moral examples. In classical antiquity, cults that venerated deified heroes such as Heracles, Perseus, and Achilles played an important role in Ancient Greek religion. Politicians, ancient and modern, have employed hero worship for their own apotheosis. Stories of the anti-hero also play a major role in Greek mythology and much of literature. The anti-hero is a protagonist whose qualities are the last expected from a person in certain situations; an anti-hero often lacks the typical characteristics of heroism, such as honor, nobility, bravery, compassion, and fortitude. The favorite type of anti-hero is a characterless individual.

Definition of hero in the English dictionary

The first definition of hero in the dictionary is a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc. Other definition of hero is a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field. Hero is also a being of extraordinary strength and courage, often the offspring of a mortal and a god, who is celebrated for his exploits.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HERO


aero
ˈɛərəʊ
aleph-zero
ˌɑːlɪfˈzɪərəʊ
antihero
ˈæntɪˌhɪərəʊ
bureau
ˈbjʊərəʊ
caballero
ˌkæbəˈljɛərəʊ
cero
ˈsɪərəʊ
dinero
dɪˈneərəʊ
duro
ˈdʊərəʊ
euro
ˈjʊərəʊ
faro
ˈfɛərəʊ
Nero
ˈnɪərəʊ
non-hero
ˌnɒnˈhɪərəʊ
nonzero
ˌnɒnˈzɪərəʊ
Pierrot
ˈpɪərəʊ
Pinero
pɪˈnɪərəʊ
primero
prɪˈmɛərəʊ
rezero
ˌriːˈzɪərəʊ
subzero
sʌbˈzɪərəʊ
superhero
ˈsuːpəˌhɪərəʊ
zero
ˈzɪərəʊ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HERO

herniotomy
hero sandwich
hero worship
hero-worship
hero-worshipper
hero´s welcome
Herod
Herod Agrippa I
Herod Agrippa II
Herod Antipas
Herodias
Herodotus
heroic
heroic age
heroic couplet
heroic stanza
heroic tenor
heroic verse
heroical
heroically

WORDS THAT END LIKE HERO

bolero
brasero
carabinero
cicero
Duero
embarcadero
ground zero
Guerrero
Habanero
hetero
kero
libero
montero
ranchero
Santiago del Estero
size zero
sombrero
torero
vaquero
war hero

Synonyms and antonyms of hero in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HERO»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «hero» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of hero

Translation of «hero» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HERO

Find out the translation of hero to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of hero from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «hero» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

英雄
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

héroe
570 millions of speakers

English

hero
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हीरो
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بَطَل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

герой
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

herói
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বীর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

héros
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Wira
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Held
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ヒーロー
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

영웅
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pahlawan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

anh hùng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஹீரோ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

नायक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kahraman
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

eroe
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

bohater
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

герой
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

protagonist
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ήρωας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

held
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hjälte
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

helt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of hero

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HERO»

The term «hero» is very widely used and occupies the 3.956 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HERO» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «hero» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «hero» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about hero

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10 QUOTES WITH «HERO»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word hero.
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Idi Amin
I am the hero of Africa.
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Alan Arkin
I don't sense that I am someone's hero, though I'm happy when people like my work. I've learned how to be gracious about it, but I try to let it go by. I've seen how, if people start taking on those accolades, it can ruin them completely.
3
Neal Asher
Moorcock's interlinked 'Eternal Champion' series is a constant source of enjoyment. Of its tragic hero incarnations, my favourite is 'Elric of Melnibone,' and the best book has to be 'Stormbringer.' And as for that other sword, Excalibur? Pah! Use it to spread your butter.
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Edward St Aubyn
Proust is a hero of mine. I read 'A la recherche' in one go, and I'm a very slow reader. It had an astonishing impact, reading it on my own and being my main company. I think Proust is the most intelligent person to ever have written a novel.
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Ed Belfour
One minute you're a slug and the next minute you're a hero, so you don't know what to think.
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Tom Berenger
You can't think that you're playing a villain, or you'll end up with a cartoon. You have to think about him as a person and a hero.
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Andrew Bernstein
A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.
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Jan de Bont
We are creating a fabulous franchise with an incredible female action hero.
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Kit Carson
In camp was found a book, the first of the kind I had ever seen, in which I was made a great hero, slaying Indians by the hundreds.
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Upamanyu Chatterjee
I need to have some depth in my characters. That's why they are all Bengalis. I can't imagine writing a book with someone called Saxena as the hero.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HERO»

Discover the use of hero in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to hero and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Hero
From Rhonda Byrne, creator of the international bestselling movie and book, The Secret, comes Hero, her latest world-changing project and the most important to date. FROM ZERO TO HERO.
Rhonda Byrne, 2013
2
Hero
And he, too, is a hero. "Every kid wants to be a superhero. Well, be careful what you wish for - you might get it. This is the amazing story of Zach Harriman and nothing Mike Lupica has written will thrill you like this.
Mike Lupica, 2010
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Heroes of Olympus, The, Book One: Lost Hero, The
An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood.
Rick Riordan, 2011
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Hero
After years of abuse from his mother and neglect from his father, ninth-grader Sean Parker is headed for trouble until he is sent to do community service at a farm owned by an old man who teaches Sean that he can take control of his own ...
S. L. Rottman, 1997
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Discusses the universal legend of the hero in world mythology, focusing on the motif of the hero's journey through adventure and transformation.
Joseph Campbell, 2008
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Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero
“What was he like?” Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question.
Chris Matthews, 2011
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In Quest of the Hero
Amplifying these is Alan Dundes's fascinating contemporary inquiry, "The Hero Pattern and the Life of Jesus.
Otto Rank, Robert A. Segal, 1990
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Beethoven Hero
Apart from its importance for students of Beethoven, this book will appeal to those interested in canon formation in the arts and in music as a cultural, ethical, and emotional force--and to anyone concerned with what we want from music and ...
Scott Burnham, 2000
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Hero
In the last cold winter of WWII, Izaak is sent from iding in Amsterdam to live on a farm in the north of Holland.
martha attema, 2003
10
King Arthur: Hero and Legend
Provides information on the actual life of King Arthur along with the development of the legends that surround his life.
Richard Barber, 1986

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HERO»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term hero is used in the context of the following news items.
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Hometown hero
Monday night, "local hero" Victoria Arlen visited to discuss her experiences with a devastating disease, a miraculous recovery, a trip to the 2012 ... «Eagle-Tribune, Jul 15»
2
Our hero: Hillary Clinton, the last truth bender - Chicago Tribune
John_KassIs telling big-fat whoppers with pants suit on fire a political liability for #Hillary, or is it her superpower? https://t.co/4QZGBHV09J. «Chicago Tribune, Jul 15»
3
Salman Khan introduces Athiya Shetty, Sooraj Pancholi in 'Hero
'Hero' is the second movie, after 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', that's being made under the banner 'Salman Khan Films'. Taking that into consideration, ... «The Indian Express, Jul 15»
4
Armed Robbery Fail Video … Weapons Don't Scare This Hero | TMZ …
This Texas gas station robbery attempt had a horrible outcome … for the masked robber after he came in contact with an off duty firefighter. «TMZ.com, Jul 15»
5
Hero MotoCorp sales rev up, co launches two new bikes …
Two-wheeler major Hero MotoCorp (HMCL) on Wednesday said it sold 6.6 million units in 2014-15. The figure is 6 percent up from the previous ... «Moneycontrol.com, Jul 15»
6
Honda overtakes Hero in eight markets | Business Standard News
Honda, the Japanese two-wheeler company, is not only getting closer to market leader Hero MotoCorp but has started to dethrone the Munjal ... «Business Standard, Jul 15»
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Streator celebrates hometown hero, Pluto discoverer | Chicago
Streator celebrates hometown hero, Pluto discoverer. Written By Sun-Times Staff Posted: 07/15/2015, 09:07am. Sign-up for Chicago Sun-Times newsletters. «Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 15»
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Prefer TVS Motor and Hero MotoCorp to Bajaj Auto: Anand Tandon …
If you were to look at TVS and Hero MotoCorp in that order, they are better positioned perhaps than Bajaj at this stage. Stay on top of business ... «Economic Times, Jul 15»
9
Arsenal hat-trick hero Chuba Akpom set to stay and battle for starting …
They were electric in the first-half. I don't know what they had for lunch. Arsene Wenger hails hat-trick hero Chuba Akpom in 4-0 win ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
10
12 members from 'Tu Mera Hero' team down with fever - Times of India
Lead actors of 'Tu Mera Hero', Priyanshu Jora and Sonia Balani, along with ten others from the show are suffering from viral fever. Shooting the ... «Times of India, Jul 15»

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